BAR HARBOR — The Maine Sea Coast Mission had its 106th annual meeting last week, Scott Planting’s first meeting as executive director.
Outgoing president Lee Judd was honored for his many years of service to the mission and for his consistent support and encouragement. Gavin Watson is the new president.
In both the opening prayer and his remarks, Rev. Planting thanked the many staff people who have not only supported him during his first year, but also for showing him how the various mission programs work and how successful and essential these programs are.
“I’ve spent most of my first year as Sea Coast Mission director witnessing the works of the Mission in action,” he said. “The EdGE has profound influence on both children and youth leaders in the schools. Rob Benson [pastor to the outer islands] and Sharon Daley [director of island health services] know everyone on the islands because they show up on the Sunbeam. They’ve invested themselves and are trusted. Seniors come to a coffeehouse at the Down East campus because they know they are welcomed, acknowledged and respected.”
Treasurer Jim Geary reported that the mission’s endowment grew by 13 percent in the past year.
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